The BEST Episodes of Tyrant

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2019

Network: FX

Bassam Al-Fayeed or Barry, as he is known to his wife Molly and two children Sammy and Emma,has been living a self imposed exile from his Middle Eastern country called Abbudin for 20 years. Although he is the second son of the ruling president, Bassam has no desire to go back home.

Pax Abuddin

#1 - Pax Abuddin

Season 2 - Episode 12

It’s a new dawn in Abuddin, and Jamal’s fate - along with that of the Al-Fayeed family - remains uncertain. Recognizing the situation is ripe for turmoil, Barry encourages Rami to stay and oversee the transition. Leila cooperates with the Arab League, hoping to secure a position for herself and Ahmed in the new world order.

star 8.14
858 votes
Writers: Chris Keyser, Howard Gordon
Gone Fishing

#2 - Gone Fishing

Season 1 - Episode 10

On the verge of betraying and displacing Jamal, Barry receives troublesome news that threatens to destroy everything he's worked so hard for. Meanwhile, Jamal's rising suspicions lead him to question the loyalty of those closest to him.

star 8.05
677 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Chris Keyser, Howard Gordon
What the World Needs Now

#3 - What the World Needs Now

Season 1 - Episode 6

Barry convinces Jamal to meet with exiled opposition leader Sheik Rashid. But when the meeting takes a turn for the worse, Jamal is forced to make a difficult decision that will impact the lives of his family and his country forever.

star 7.98
796 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Arika Lisanne Mittman, Glenn Gordon Caron
The Dead and the Living

#4 - The Dead and the Living

Season 3 - Episode 3

Barry and Molly employ every means available to prevent a personal tragedy. Fauzi and Daliyah become close through work, emboldening Fauzi to hope for a romantic future. Ahmed makes a dark discovery about Nusrat's past.

star 7.97
1,095 votes
Writers: Christopher Keyser, Howard Gordon
Preventative Medicine

#5 - Preventative Medicine

Season 1 - Episode 7

Jamal is terrified to discover that Sheik Rashid may actually survive Jamal's brutal attack, while Amira's disclosure of a twenty year old secret leads Barry to question everything he's ever believed about his father.

star 7.90
750 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Arika Lisanne Mittman
Hail Mary

#6 - Hail Mary

Season 1 - Episode 5

As Jamal prepares to throw down the gauntlet on the thousands of citizens gathered in the Plaza to protest his reign, Barry scrambles to put together a summit in the hopes of avoiding violence and bloodshed.

star 7.88
765 votes
Directors: David Petrarca
Writers: Chris Levinson

#7 - Gaslight

Season 1 - Episode 9

As the plans for the coup continue to take shape, Jamal proves how far he will go to punish those who oppose him, and Barry's relationship with Molly is pushed to the limit after she learns of the repercussions that await their family.

star 7.87
686 votes
Writers: Chris Levinson, Nadia Conners, Peter Noah
Desert Storm

#8 - Desert Storm

Season 2 - Episode 11

To secure military support, Barry takes advantage of a sandstorm to overrun the Caliphate’s military base. As the political tide shifts, Leila re-examines her loyalties and makes a bold play in the palace. Molly uses all the resources at her disposal to try and save Barry’s life.

star 7.86
741 votes
Directors: Ciaran Donnelly
Writers: David Fury, Mando Alvarado, Mark Richard

#9 - Zanjir

Season 2 - Episode 10

Despite having depleted forces, Barry prepares to lead a crucial mission. Fueled by his delusions, Jamal takes extreme action that has far-reaching ramifications. When tragedy strikes close to the palace, Leila realizes the severity of their situation and doubts Jamal’s ability to see them through the storm.

star 7.81
755 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Chris Keyser, Howard Gordon
Meet the New Boss

#10 - Meet the New Boss

Season 1 - Episode 8

Fed up with Jamal's unpredictable and violent nature, Barry conspires to start a coup and remove his brother from office; while at the same time Jamal is so moved by Barry's willingness to do the unthinkable and hasten Sheik Rashid's demise, that he stops at nothing to prove his worth to his brother.

star 7.80
734 votes
Writers: David Matthews
The Other Brother

#11 - The Other Brother

Season 2 - Episode 6

Barry decides to stay in Abuddin and make a stand against the Caliphate. Jamal pushes the Chinese diplomat for military support. Sammy discovers that Abdul has been kidnapped by the Caliphate.

star 7.78
773 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: David Fury
Inside Men and Outside Women

#12 - Inside Men and Outside Women

Season 2 - Episode 9

Increasingly suspicious of those close to him, Jamal believes Khalil is the only person he can trust. Deciding he should no longer hide the truth, Barry reveals to Molly that he’s alive. Hoping to lift Nusrat’s depression, Ahmed asks Nusrat to run away with him. Skeptical of Khalil’s tactical luck, Ihab zeroes in on a traitor in the Caliphate.

star 7.76
759 votes
Writers: Glenn Gordon Caron

#13 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Barry Al-Fayeed is a California pediatrician who also happens to be the second son of a Middle Eastern dictator. Barry reluctantly agrees to return home with his American family for his nephew's wedding. Events thrust him into the complex and turbulent growing pains of a nation straining to break free from dictatorial rule.

star 7.75
665 votes
Directors: David Yates
Writers: Gideon Raff
Fathers and Sons

#14 - Fathers and Sons

Season 2 - Episode 8

Suffering heavy losses, Barry wrestles with the notion that he needs the palace’s support to survive. As paranoia builds within Jamal, he questions where Rami’s loyalty lies. Stricken by Abdul’s death, Sammy plans to give his money to insurgents fighting the Army of the Caliphate.

star 7.72
769 votes

#15 - Bedfellows

Season 3 - Episode 7

Haunted by Emma's death and his failure to kill Ihab, Barry pushes away his closest allies - including Daliyah. Leila leaves the government in protest and forms an unlikely partnership. Cogswell takes radical action against a blackmailer. Ihab forms a connection with Mahdiya, while the Caliphate ramps up plans to invade Abuddin.

star 7.69
934 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Daniel Goldfarb
The Viper in the Palace

#16 - The Viper in the Palace

Season 2 - Episode 5

Molly and Sammy go to Abbudin to address the dispute over his inheritance; Jamal and Tariq's feud over military strategy reaches the point of no return; Barry is afraid his cover will be blown and that those who helped him could be in danger when the Army of the Caliphate arrives.

star 7.67
759 votes
Sins of the Father

#17 - Sins of the Father

Season 1 - Episode 4

Tensions boil as the 20th anniversary of the chemical attack ordered by Barry's father, President Khaled Al-Fayeed looms. Barry’s plan to defuse the situation runs into heavy resistance. Meanwhile, Jamal struggles to regain confidence in the bedroom.

star 7.64
525 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Peter Noah
Prayer for our Daughters

#18 - Prayer for our Daughters

Season 3 - Episode 4

Barry and Molly respond in wildly different ways to a catastrophe that threatens to throw the country off course. Violent protests break out in Abuddin. Fauzi and Leila launch their political campaigns in earnest while Al-Qadi grapples with his delicate position between Islamic factions.

star 7.64
999 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Emmy Grinwis
State of Emergency

#19 - State of Emergency

Season 1 - Episode 2

When Barry's older brother, Jamal, the newly appointed President of Abbudin, is incapacitated, Barry must put his plans to return to America on hold. His life is further complicated, when his nephew's new bride is kidnapped by terrorists.

star 7.63
586 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Craig Wright, Howard Gordon
Enter the Fates

#20 - Enter the Fates

Season 2 - Episode 2

Barry is in the desert looking for salvation. Jamal attempts to deal with the loss of his brother.

star 7.62
720 votes
The Awful Grace of God

#21 - The Awful Grace of God

Season 2 - Episode 7

Jamal believes that the country is spiraling out of control and wants to see a military victory.

star 7.62
774 votes

#22 - Spring

Season 3 - Episode 1

With Jamal’s life in danger and Abuddin on the verge of plunging into chaos, Barry steps forward as interim president and sets the stage for democratic elections. Daliyah takes a leading role in the nation, bringing her close to Barry. Swept up in the tides of revenge, army leaders overstep their bounds in securing peace. An American General who shares history with Leila arrives in Abuddin.

star 7.62
1,228 votes
Writers: Christopher Keyser
Mark of Cain

#23 - Mark of Cain

Season 2 - Episode 1

Barry waits to find out what his punishment will be for a failed coup, Jamal agonizes over the decision whether to execute him.

star 7.61
761 votes
How to Live

#24 - How to Live

Season 3 - Episode 9

Abuddin descends into chaos. Daliyah persuades Fauzi to leave so he can be a voice of dissent, and she takes a public stand against Barry. In an attempt to regain control, Barry gives Maloof authority to shut down Leila’s opposition, and Ahmed joins to pressure his mother to surrender. Cogswell makes a forceful move that puts his career in jeopardy.

star 7.59
946 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Addison McQuigg, Anna Fishko, Emmy Grinwis

#25 - Cockroach

Season 3 - Episode 2

Barry discovers that his hold over Abuddin is tenuous. Sammy embarks on a risky relationship. Ihab's desire for revenge is given an outlet. Fauzi returns to Abuddin and is thrust into a political role. Molly’s routine visit to a military hospital goes awry, spelling terrible consequences for the future of Abuddin.

star 7.59
1,117 votes
Directors: Alex Zakrzewski
Writers: Addison McQuigg